Your question: How do you shorten a bike chain without a chain tool?

Can a bike chain be shortened?

Bike chains can lengthen due to age and use, or you may buy one that’s too long. With a few tools, a bike stand and a little time you can remove extra links, shorten the chain and make your bike rideable once again.

How do you break a chain without a bolt cutter?

If you don’t have bolt cutters or you have a hardened metal chain that bolt cutters won’t cut through, you can use a saw instead. There are a wide variety of saws that will effectively cut through a chain.

Pick a saw to use.

  1. Hacksaw.
  2. Metal grinder, such as an angle grinder.
  3. Reciprocating saw.
  4. Coping saw.

How do you split a chain without a chain splitter?

It will be much easier if you buy a cheap tool, but. Lay the side of the chain on a block of soft wood, take a metal punch, or a nail of around the same diameter as the pin in the link (I used to use a nail), place the nail on the centre of the pin and tap sharply with a small hammer, but not too hard on the pin.

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